THOUGHTS for the WEEK

 
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The Hidden treasure in each of us

posted 14 Apr 2018, 09:00 by C S Paul

The Hidden treasure in each of us
Author Unknown  
   
A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him. 

As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little about it until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone.

Excited the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure.

He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he just threw it away.

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't always beautiful or sparkling so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person by God.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.

May we see the people in our world as God sees them.

Special Gift Ideas That Cost You Nothing

posted 9 Mar 2018, 03:31 by C S Paul

Special Gifts Ideas That Cost You Nothing

1) THE GIFT OF LISTENING...

But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

2) THE GIFT OF AFFECTION... 

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3) THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER... 

Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

4) THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE... 

It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5) THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT... 

A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.

6) THE GIFT OF A FAVOUR... 

Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7) THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE... 

There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8) THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION... 

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it's not that hard to say, "Hello" or "Thank you." 

Dare To Be

posted 1 Mar 2018, 22:21 by C S Paul

Dare To Be
Steve Maraboli

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to Be!

You learn that ....

posted 23 Feb 2018, 08:00 by C S Paul

You learn that ....
-Veronica A. Shoftstall

After awhile you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

And you learn that love doesn’t mean security,

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts

And presents aren’t promises.

And you begin to accept your defeats with you head up and your eyes open.

With the grace of maturity, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on

Today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,

And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After awhile you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,

Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure…

That you really are strong

And that you really do have worth.

And you learn and learn and learn ….

With every goodbye you learn.

What God will ask ....

posted 16 Feb 2018, 03:03 by C S Paul

What God will ask ....

God won't ask what you did to protect your rights.
        He will ask what you did to protect the right of others.

God won't ask what neighborhood you lived in.
        He will ask what other neighborhoods you visited.

God won't ask how many times you told the truth.
        He will ask how many times you told a lie.

God won't ask about the color of your skin.
        He will ask about the color of your heart.

God won't ask how many times your deeds matched your words.
        He will ask how many times they didn't.

God won't ask what social class you were in.
        He will ask what kind of 'class' you displayed.

God won't ask what kind of fancy car you drove.
        He will ask how many people you took to church who didn't have transportation.

God won't ask how many material possessions you had. 
        He will ask whether those material possessions dictated your life. 

God won't ask how many promotions you received.
        He will ask what you did to promote others.

God won't ask what your job title was.
        He will ask did you perform your job to the best of your ability.

God won't ask how many promotions you took to chase a dollar bill.
        He will ask how many promotions you refused, to advance your family's quality of life.

God won't ask how many times you didn't run around on your spouse.
        He will ask how many times you did.

God won't ask what your parents did to help you.
        He will ask what you did to help your parents.

God won't ask what you did to help yourself.
        He will ask what you did to help others.

God won't ask how many friends you had.
        He will ask how many people you were a friend to. 

Benefits of growing older.

posted 2 Feb 2018, 04:42 by C S Paul

Benefits of growing older.

 - Unknown -

Do you think you're any wiser today than you were five years ago? 

Do you think you'll be wiser still in another five years? 

I hope the answer to both questions is an emphatic "yes." 

One of the benefits of growing older is getting better. And we get better by learning.

I'm not just talking about new facts, like how a volcanic eruption in Iceland can prevent airline traffic in most of Europe.

I'm talking about learning basic nuggets of wisdom that can change our lives.

For starters, I've learned that as long as I'm willing to learn, I can learn, and the fact that I'm wiser today doesn't mean I was foolish or incompetent before.

I've learned that you don't have to be sick to get better.

I've learned that no matter how old I am, my life and character are works in process and that there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be.

I've learned that it's easy to mask moral compromises with rationalizations and that my character is revealed not by my words or intentions but by my willingness to do the right thing even when it costs more than I want to pay.

I've learned that my character is more important than my competence and that being significant is more important than being successful.

I've learned that I often judge myself by my good intentions but that I'll be judged by my last worst act.

I've learned that the surest road to happiness is good relationships and that striving to be a good person is the surest road to good relationships.

Finally, I've learned that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional and that it's not what happens to me that matters most but what happens in me.

At all times, Dare to Be!

posted 26 Jan 2018, 08:17 by C S Paul

At all times, Dare to Be!
Steve Maraboli

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to Be!

You can.... While others are ...

posted 19 Jan 2018, 03:41 by C S Paul

You can.... While others are ...
                                   By William Arthur Ward

Believe while others are doubting.

Plan while others are playing.

Study while others are sleeping.

Decide while others are delaying.

Prepare while others are daydreaming.

Begin while others are procrastinating.

Work while others are wishing.

Save while others are wasting.

Listen while others are talking.

Smile while others are frowning.

Commend while others are criticizing.

Persist while others are quitting.

The Fisherman and the Businessman

posted 12 Jan 2018, 03:41 by C S Paul

The Fisherman and the Businessman

Once a fisherman was sitting near seashore, under the shadow of a tree smoking his beedi. Suddenly a rich businessman passing by approached him and enquired as to why he was sitting under a tree smoking and not working. To this the poor fisherman replied that he had caught enough fishes for the day.

Hearing this the rich man got angry and said: Why don’t you catch more fishes instead of sitting in shadow wasting your time?

Fisherman asked: What would I do by catching more fishes?

Businessman: You could catch more fishes, sell them and earn more money, and buy a bigger boat.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could go fishing in deep waters and catch even more fishes and earn even more money.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could buy many boats and employ many people to work for you and earn even more money.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could become a rich businessman like me.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could then enjoy your life peacefully.

Fisherman: What do you think I’m doing right now? SmileSmile

We don’t need to wait for tomorrow to be happy and enjoy our life. We don’t even need to be more rich, more powerful to enjoy life. 

LIFE is at this moment, enjoy it fully...:

You Are Responsible

posted 5 Jan 2018, 22:27 by C S Paul

You Are Responsible

Each one of us is responsible for our own control, our own 
destiny

Excuses, procrastination are also conditions of allowing control away from our own intentions, desires and dreams. 

Isn't it about time that we all stand as individuals ready to fight for our own personal freedom to do as we dream, to that which makes us happy deep down and not some other person's vision telling what should make us happy. 

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